Brewday 39: Ace of Cascade

Brewed 05/01/2017

The second outing for the new Grainfather was another single hopped brew to help use up the surplus of hops crammed into my freezer!  Inspiration for the recipe actually came from Brewdog’s DIY Dog download although they’ve not used Cascade in their ‘Ace of’ series. Again I used the same stepped mash profile as the Brewers Gold III recipe in Brewday 38 but otherwise copied the temperatures and hop timings direct from DIY Dog.

The recipe for the Ace of Cascade:

  • 3.50kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 500g Crystal 20 Malt
  • 20g Cascade hops @ 60 minutes
  • 30g Cascade hops @ 15 minutes
  • 40g Cascade hops @ flameout
  • 160g Cascade hops @ 3day Dry Hop
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss
  • 1 packet Nottingham yeast

*cough* Even though I promised last time… I didn’t manage to take any brewday photos of this session! Sorry! *cough*

The stepped mash worked really well and wasn’t that complicated to program however due to me trying to setup a Grainfather equipment profile on Beersmith I somehow managed to over-sparge with nearly 2 litres of extra water. As a result the preboil and postboil OG’s for this brew were much lower than expected at 1.040 instead of the target OG of 1.054. Luckily for me the Liberty Bell yeast managed to go a couple of points lower than planned too so the FG finished up at 1.012 meaning the final ABV was 3.7%. Off target however not too dramatically in the end. Phew!

I think I have the settings down in Beersmith now so here’s hoping for an issue free Brewday 40!

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